Emergency IUD

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There is a type of IUD that can be used in case of emergency if you forgot to use protection or if there was a problem with your regular contraception. Find out here how you can get one and its pros and cons.

What is it?

The emergency IUD or morning-after IUD is an emergency contraception. You can use it if you forgot to use protection or if you have a problem with your normal contraceptive method, for example if the condom broke or if you forgot to take your birth control. Only a copper IUD can be used as emergency contraception. You need to make an appointment with your doctor or a gynecologist to obtain one.


How do I use an emergency IUD?

A doctor or a gynecologist must insert the morning-after IUD within seven days following unprotected sex. It has the same properties as a regular copper IUD. The morning-after IUD can be removed after your next period, or you can keep it in as a contraceptive method.


👍 Advantages

  • It can be inserted up to seven days after unprotected sex, while the morning-after pill must be used within five days following unprotected sex.


👎 Disadvantages

  • It is more complicated and less accessible than the morning-after pill.
  • It does not protect you against sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs).
  • The morning-after IUD is not covered by your provincial health insurance.


Sources: FQPN, S.O.S Grossesse [French only]

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